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NACDD honors 2019 Award Winners and inducts 2019 Class of Self-Advocate Leadership Circle

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Press Release: NACDD honors 2019 Award Winners and inducts 2019 Class of Self-Advocate Leadership Circle

NACDD was pleased to present Champions of Equal Opportunity (CEO) Awards to two outstanding self-advocates alongside a national policymaker at our annual conference in July. Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu was given the CEO Policymaker Award for her work to support people with disabilities through protecting the DD Act and improving emergency management procedures. She returned to her home state of Louisiana to join us at the annual conference, and she moved us all with her words about the potential impact of advocacy at any level.

Honored alongside Senator Landrieu were self-advocates Max Barrows of Vermont, who received the Self-Advocate Award, and April Dunn of Louisiana, who was selected for the “Start Your Journey” Award.  April is the chair of the Louisiana DD Council and a known force in the Louisiana legislature, and Max has trained a network of self-advocates through his work with the Green Mountain Self-Advocates and is a powerful advocate in his own right.

Max and April join Kristyn Herbert of Idaho and Clancey Hopper of Tennessee as the 2019 inductees into NACDD’s Self-Advocate Leadership Circle (SALC). Each advocate was nominated by their council due to their impressive and unique sets of accomplishments. As new members of the SALC, they will advise various NACDD initiatives and programs.